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21 March 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs

21 March 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs

CAST have put together an FAQ document for any new starters. See below or click here to view the pdf version.

‘How long is the school day’

Tutor time begins at 8:30am, with 1st lesson starting at 8:45am. For most, the school day finishes at either 3:40 or 4:30pm – please visit the following link for a breakdown of the school day:

With parental permission, if families prefer for home learning to be completed at home students are allowed to leave at 3:40pm but are also able to stay until 4:30pm.

‘Are there any after school clubs’

Yes, on a Wednesday the PFA offer after school clubs at CAST to all Pre-16 students and finish at 4:30pm. All students are expected to undertake extra-curricular activities. Students will be excused from these if they have other club commitments outside of the college: ie. swimming, karate.

‘What is a Conference Day’

Parkside Federation have conference days, otherwise known as teacher training days throughout the year and these can be found on the college calendar

‘How is progress reported to parents’

The Academy uses Go4Schools to report progress and assessments to parents. More information is available here:

‘What is the school uniform and where can we purchase it’

Please see the website for details regarding our uniform expectations:

‘What do we have to do for the transition of our child from their current school’

Our admissions team, based at Coleridge, will contact each school at any point between now and the 8th May to inform them that your child is transferring to us. There are no forms you need to complete for your current school.

‘Are there any induction days’

Yes, an induction day will take place on Friday 6th July. Students will attend in the day and parents will be invited to come back at 3:30pm for a talk with the Headteacher and other staff members. There will be a chance for you to ask any questions about the practical aspects of starting in September.

‘When can students use the gym’

In PE lessons or any after school extra-curricular session.

‘Do students get the chance to do work experience at a work placement in Year 10/11’

All students undertake a week in Year 10 and 11.

‘Do families need to provide lab coats / goggles etc’

No, safety equipment is provided and maintained by the College.

‘Is the school canteen providing hot meals? Is it cash payment or online payments’

The College has independant on site caterers and offer hot and cold food at break and lunchtimes. We encourage students not to bring cash on to the site. Parents can top up via Parentmail +Pay from home or students are able to top up at reception using their own credit/debit card.

Free school meal information and further information regarding catering is available here:

‘Travelling to the College’

Current information regarding travel can be found here – Further information will be available on the Induction day in July.

16 March 2018

Hands-On Activities for all the Family Celebrating the Cambridge Science Festival – Sunday 25th March

16 March 2018

Hands-On Activities for all the Family Celebrating the Cambridge Science Festival – Sunday 25th March


If you love Science, this day is for you!

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is opening its doors for an exciting day of hands-on activities and talks to mark the end of the Cambridge Science Festival on Sunday 25th March.

Doors open 11am-3pm with thousands of visitors expected at the site in Robinson Way throughout the day.

Activities and talks include everything from ‘High-Tech Gizmos and Apps for a Healthy Brain’ to ‘Pains and Brains’ and ‘I’m a Superhero!’

To find out more about the activities taking place, please go to the events listing page of the Cambridge Science Festival Website at: and click on the calendar to bring up all the events throughout the day.

No need to book, just show up on the day.

We look forward to seeing you!

Science at 6 Speakers – Monday 19th to Friday 23rd March

We are also hosting some top names in Science for our Science at 6 Speakers event in our Lecture Theatre throughout next week, including last year’s Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry, Dr Richard Henderson.

See below for list of events. To book please visit the Cambridge Science Festival website.

Science at 6 (public lectures at the college)

Monday 19th March  The Future of organ transplantation:  Science, technology, ethics and law – Dr Kourosh Saeb Parsy (Dept. Surgery, University of Cambridge)*

*Image copyright: Phalinn Ooi

Tuesday 20th March Revealing the wonders of the molecular world – Dr Richard Henderson (Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology)*

Wednesday 21st March What’s the point of pain? – Prof. Geoff Wood (Cambridge Institute of Medical Research, University of Cambridge)*
Thursday 22nd March Oliver gave his heart to Amelia . . . and his lungs to Chloe – Mr Pedro Catarino (Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)*
Friday 23rd March Sierra Leone, Ebola and beyond – Prof. Ian Goodfellow (Public Health England) and Ian Harvey*

15 March 2018

Students talk to BBC Newsround for Stephen Hawking Tribute

15 March 2018

Students talk to BBC Newsround for Stephen Hawking Tribute

BBC Newsround has featured some of our students in a tribute to Cambridge scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking.

In the interviews, the students – Ellie-Anne, Meriel, Ethan, Jacob and Max – spoke about how Professor Hawking inspired them to pursue science and how they will remember him.

The BBC clip, featuring our students as part of an overall piece on Professor Hawking, can be found here: 

A video montage of just our students comments can be found in the video below:-

13 March 2018

CAST to host Nobel Prize Winner for Cambridge Science Festival

13 March 2018

CAST to host Nobel Prize Winner for Cambridge Science Festival

We will be welcoming last year’s Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Dr Henderson, from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, is one of three scientists to have been awarded the Prize last year and one of five high-profile speakers booked for the public Science at 6 Lectures to run throughout next week, beginning Monday 19th March.

Booked to speak at CAST on Tuesday 20th March, Dr Henderson’s lecture is titled: “Revealing the wonders of the molecular world” and will take place in the school’s Lecture Theatre in Robinson Way, Cambridge.

Dr Henderson was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work developing a new method to produce images of biological molecules frozen in time. The three Nobel Prize winners developed a technique called cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), which allows the machinery of life to be visualised frozen in their natural form.

The process makes it possible for life’s molecular machines to be captured mid-movement and allows scientists to visualise processes that have never before been seen.

Speaking ahead of the event, CAST’s Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield said: “Our students are used to working with some of the area’s top scientists through their college work and our innovative curriculum, it is great to be able to share the  excitement in what we do with a wider public audience.”

“The event is a great way for our students to see they are an important part of the Cambridge Science community and not just students in a school.”

Topics for the other four Science at 6 Lectures are: The Future of organ transplantation:  Science, technology, ethics and law; What’s the point of pain?; Oliver gave his heart to Amelia . . . and his lungs to Chloe; and Sierra Leone, Ebola and beyond.

As well as the lectures, CAST will host the main events on the final day of the Festival, Sunday 25th March, when over 40 external organisations will come into the school to run interactive activities throughout the day.

Around 3,000 visitors are expected to visit the school during the day, which runs from 11am to 3pm.

Activities include: Cells in the spotlight; From bench to bedside: How are therapeutic drugs developed?; High-tech gizmos and apps for a healthy brain; Movement matter: Bones & joints, repair, regeneration and replacement; Neural networks at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus; Sensational fluorescent fruit flies as well as Your Immune Army: How do cells communicate and sense?

In addition to events at CAST, there are many more going on across Cambridge between 12th and 25th March. Please go to the Festival Website at: for details of all events.

*Photos thanks to MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

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